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Training graduates

Posted: May 25, 2014 - 12:08am

Training graduates

Navy Seaman Devin L. Gray, son of Don L. and Annette R. Gray of Evans, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Gray is a 2012 graduate of Veterans High School, Warner Robins, Ga.

Navy Seaman Brianna S. Hunter, daughter of Larry and Bernadette Hunter of Martinez, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Hunter is a 2008 graduate of Evans High School.

Navy Seaman Jamie S. Benfield, son of Rodney S. Benfield of Grovetown, and Heather A. Brabham, and grandson of Debra Starnes of Rock Hill, S.C., recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Benfield is a 2010 graduate of Rock Hill High School, Rock Hill, S.C.

Navy Seaman Pilar Stewart, son of Danald Bradley of Augusta, and Carolyn Stewart of Tifton, Ga., was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Stewart is a 2007 graduate of Edgewater High School, Orlando, Fla.

Navy Seaman David S. Farris, son of Lindel C. and Odalys G. Farris of Charleston, Tenn. and brother of Christopher M. Farris of Augusta, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Farris is a 2008 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Dakota P. Kelly graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Kelly is the son of December Overstreet of Evans and Gary Kelly of Augusta and is a 2013 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Army National Guard Spec. Manuel A. Hernandez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Hernandez is the son of Manuel Hernandez of Grovetown and brother of Audrey Hernandez of Martinez. He is a 2008 graduate of Evans High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tenn.

Air Force Airman Brian W. Crapps graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Crapps is the son of Kathy Crapps of Dearing, and Ron Crapps of Stevensville, Montana and is a 2006 graduate of Thomson High School.

Army Pvt. Isaiah R. Fairs has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Fairs is the son of Charles Fairs of Grovetown and is a 2011 graduate of Grovetown High School.

Army Pvt. Brooke N. Samuels has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Samuels is the daughter of Allan Merritt of Jeffersonville, Ohio, and Jennifer Ward of North Augusta, and is a 2010 graduate of Evans High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Andrew R. Paine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Paine earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Katie and Stephen Paine II of Albany. He is also the grandson of Stephen Paine of Martinez. The airman graduated from a homeschool program in 2013.

Air Force Airman Megan E. Acs graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Acs is the daughter of Wendy Acs of Evans and is a 2010 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Air Force Airman Wesley C. Mann graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Mann earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Richard and Gwendolyn Mann of Evans and is a 2008 graduate of Evans High School.

Navy Seaman Keenan P. Rawls, son of Kenneth P. and Viney R. Rawls of Evans, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois and is a 2013 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Dajahn Wallace graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Wallace is the son of Felicia Graham of Martinez and Donnell Wallace of Austell. He is a 2007 graduate of Evans High School earned a bachelor’s degree from Augusta State University in 2014.

Army National Guard Pvt. Ryan W. Peloquin has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Peloquin is the son of Robert and Renee Peloquin of Grovetown and is a 2013 graduate of Grovetown High School.

Military Retirements

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Larry D. Howard has retired from the U.S. Navy after serving honorably for 28 years. Howard was last serving as the Command Master Chief of Navy Information Operations Command Georgia. NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reach back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component commanders. Howard is the son of Alvin B. Logan of Atlanta, and Olivia M. Howard of Thomson. He is a 1982 graduate of Thomson High School and earned a Master of Art in 2010 from University of Texas at El Paso.

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